Odisha Assembly winter session from today

Bhubaneswar: The winter session of the Odisha Assembly will begin today and continue till December 31.

According to reports, the session will have 24 workdays while the supplementary budget would be placed in the House on the first day of the session on December 1.

The Appropriation Bill on First Supplementary Statement of Expenditure for the year 2016-17 would be placed on December 15, reports added.

Meanwhile, the winter session of Odisha Assembly is poised to be stormy with opposition Congress and BJP bracing up to flay the BJD government on a host of issues including death of over 100 children in Malkangiri due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

Congress is all set to take on the government over failure in taking effective steps to contain the deadly JE in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri as the disease has claimed the lives of more than 100 children, said Congress stalwart and leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

The party would also raise the issue relating to false statement allegedly given by Odisha Chief Minister on Mahanadi issue in the state Assembly in 2010 during the month-long winter session, he said.

‘Deteriorating’ law and order situation, gunning down of tribal and dalits at Gumudumaha in Kandhamal district, death of tribal infants at Nagaga in Jajpur district due to alleged malnourishment, pathetic health care services and education would also be raised, said the Congress leader.

Similarly, BJP would also raise issues like worsening law and order situation, dismal healthcare scenario, Mahanadi river water row and plight of farmers and distress sale of paddy and deteriorating education system, said senior leaders including leader of legislature party leader K V Singhdeo and MLA Pradeep Purohit.

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The ruling BJD on its part said that the party is fully prepared to counter the opposition attack.

Stating that the government is ready to discuss issues to be raised in the house, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha said BJD would raise the Mahanadi river water issue, problem relating to Polavaram project being taken up in Andhra Pradesh and the centre’s alleged negligence and slash in central funds.